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Summary

Conversation is a crucial part of everything we do. It influences our well being. A good conversation can leave us ready for anything, and a bad one can ruin our whole day. 

But most of us are unaware of the nature of our conversations, let alone how to make them consistently affirming and empowering. 

This audiobook teaches us how to use appreciative inquiry, one of the most effective and widely-used approaches for fostering positive change, to dramatically improve the outcomes of our conversations. By focusing on what we want to happen instead of what we want to avoid and asking questions to deepen understanding and increase possibilities, we expand creativity, improve productivity, and unleash potential, at work and home.

“This book is for everyone, from managers striving to lead more effectively, to parents trying to cultivate better conversations with children.” - Lindsey Godwin, director of David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

“Wow!  What a great book!  I'm going to use it in my courses and with every client. It is rare to read a book that is so compelling and practical with simple guidelines anyone can use.” - Gervase R. Bushe, professor at Simon Fraser University and author of Clear Leadership 

“A conversation is the smallest visible unit of change, our starting point for every important change effort. This book is a gift to the world, business, schools, and families!” - Jon Berghoff, president of Flourishing Leadership Institute 

“A must read for all leaders. Practical wisdom and relatable stories!” - Robert Easton, senior managing director at Accenture 

“This short book is a rare gem-entertaining, relevant, educational, and immensely practical!” Maureen McKenna, founder of Return on Energy

This is a unique guide to changing our world of conversation. 

©2018 Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres (P)2018 Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres

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Best work related book in a while!

I requested this book to review as I work in organisational development and wanted to get a better grasp of appreciative enquiry and how this approach can be incorporated into my work.

What I hadn't anticipated was a book that is so closely aligned and understanding of the particular sector I work in (public sector/ health) and because of this contextual relevance I tuned in pretty quickly

I'm impressed with how easily the author has described not only the benefits but the applications of AE, to the extent that I feel very comfortable to test it out, both in the environment I had anticipated (facilitating development workshops) and more generally with my team. I have already recommended the book twice and looking to buy a physical copy of the book.

Narrator is good, calm, well paced and suits the nature of the content.

I was provided with a review copy of this book by the narrator at my request, via audiobook boom. This has in no way influenced my review.

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  • Deedra
  • 30-06-18

Conversations

Excessively long prologue.I finally skipped ahead.Some good recomendations that may have helped any of my supervisors when I workedI can not see either one I am thinking of acy=tually taking this advice..Tiffnany Williams was a good narator. was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • S. Groves
  • 28-04-18

Wonderfully helpful business book

I was introduced to the theory of Appreciative Inquiry by one of Jackie's associates Jon Berghoff & The Flourishing Leadership Institute.

Although I've done a fair amount of individual research on AI, this is the first book I've read that breaks this transformative process down into easy to use steps, tactics, and conversational structures.

if you're looking for a practical way to have more effective, positive, and easy to use structure for tge conversations you have with your family, your business associates, and the universe at-large - this is the book for you.

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  • Opus Bil
  • 17-05-18

What did I do?

10 minutes in and I keep asking, when are you going to get to the story? I don’t need a history of every business person you’ve worked with. Follow you’re own advice as so far, it’s not a conversation worth having!

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